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T&T vs Wales (27-May-2006).
Sat May 27, 2006 17:33
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Trinidad sunk by Earnshaw.
Skysports News.


Robert Earnshaw's double earned Wales a 2-1 victory over World Cup finalists Trinidad & Tobago in Austria. Stern John had given the Caribbean nation the lead on 32 minutes, but Earnshaw sent the teams in level at half time after a predatory finish.
The Norwich City striker then netted late on to hand Wales an ill-deserved victory over Trinidad, who will meet England in the World Cup.
Both goalkeepers enjoyed some early catching practice, with Trinidad's Kelvin Jack grasping an Earnshaw free kick.
Wales debutant Jason Brown was also called into action, keeping out a Chris Birchall drive and holding on to Carlos Edwards' 30-yard shot.
John Toshack's side appeared happy to allow the Trinidadians to dictate a pedestrian pace, although Wales had their moments.
The best of these arrived midway through the first half when David Cotterill surged towards the edge of the area to unleash a powerful shot which Jack did superbly well to push wide.
But first blood was drawn by Trinidad on 32 minutes when Birchall's free kick from the left was poked home by John's outstretched leg at the far post.
Wales responded within six minutes as James Collins knocked down Joe Ledley's punt into the box and Earnshaw nipped in to finish at the near post.
Brown's final action on his Wales baptism was to save low on the stretch from Dwight Yorke before the keeper was replaced by fellow debutant Glyn Garner at half time.
Just 10 minutes into the second half and a little piece of history was created when Gareth Bale became the youngest ever player to represent Wales when coming on as a substitute.
Wales lacked impetus in the second period, with their opponents pressing for a goal to lift morale ahead of the World Cup.
Densill Theobold was lively in Trinidad's midfield and he teed up John, whose shot was deflected over the crossbar.
Collin Samuel then headed wide from a Theobold cross, Birchall lashed a shot just wide and the veteran Russell Latapy curled a shot off target.
Garner then made an important intervention on his international bow when keeping out a Samuel shot, with Lewin Nyatanga removing the danger.
The Leyton Orient shot-stopper then made a more routine save from Birchall's thunderbolt before Wales pinched a winner against the run of play three minutes from time.
Bale burst down the left flank and into the box to pull the ball back to the near post where Earnshaw finished in scruffy fashion.

T&T Squad.

21-Kelvin Jack, 8-Cyd Gray, 4-Marvin Andrews (12-Collin Samuel 34th), 6-Dennis Lawrence, 3-Avery John, 11-Carlos Edwards, 7-Christopher Brichall, 19-Dwight Yorke (capt), 18-Densill Theobald (9-Aurtis Whitley 77th), 15-Kenwyne Jones (10-Russell Latapy 62nd), 14-Stern John.
Beenhakker, Yorke shrug off defeat.
T&T Express Reports.

Trinidad and Tobago's Dwight Yorke, left, and Stern John celebrate T&T's goal during the friendly match against Wales yesterday in the UPC-Arena in Graz, Austria. T&T will play against England, Paraguay and Sweden in Group B during the World Cup finals in Germany next month.
Trinidad and Tobago national football team coach Leo Beenhakker shrugged off a 2-1 friendly defeat to Wales yesterday at the UPC-Arena in Graz, Austria, and insisted the "Soca Warriors" would come good when it matters.
The Warriors enjoyed more ball possession than their Welsh counterparts-ranked 72nd in the world by FIFA, 22 places below T&T-and scored after 33 minutes through record goal scorer Stern John.
But Wales rallied with a double from Norwich striker Robert Earnshaw, late in either half, to steal an unlikely win.
Beenhakker criticised his team for lacking organisation in the closing minutes but was satisfied with the effort two weeks before their World Cup opener against Sweden on June 10.
"Apart from the result, we can be satisfied," Beenhakker told NCC Channel 4. "In the second half at the end, everybody was playing without discipline and there was no balance in the field but these are problems we can solve.
"For the moment, I realise and also the players realise that we still have a lot of work to do. But, on the other side, (there are) certain parts of the game I was very happy with.
"So it will come."
Wales manager John Toshack, who replaced Beenhakker as Real Madrid coach 17 years ago, admitted the result flattered his team but was unimpressed with the Warriors' play near the opposing goal.
Wales were without star attackers Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy and ended the match with six under-21 players on the field.
"The Trinidad and Tobago team put us under a lot of pressure," said Toshack. "But there were missed chances they cannot really afford... We gave the ball away far too often and put ourselves under too much pressure. "Fortunately for us, the Trinidad and Tobago side could not take full advantage of the possession they had."
The Warriors began brightly with crisp ball movement in the midfield where Beenhakker opted, not for the first time, to start without an authentic left winger. Ironically, the opening goal came from the left flank albeit from a set piece in the 33rd minute. Central midfielder Chris Birchall delivered a deep inswinging free kick into the Welsh 18-yard box, which the British team allowed to drop and John pounced to stab home his 65th international goal.
"(John) is always there at the right moments," said the Dutch coach. "He is very, very dangerous for us." Two minutes later, defender Marvin Andrews limped off, forcing T&T's first substitution.
Beenhakker revealed Andrews had struggled with an injury for "several days" but managed to convince the technical staff he was fine.
The Dutch coach ignored three central defenders on the substitutes' bench-Brent Sancho, Ian Cox and Atiba Charles-and instead asked right back Cyd Gray to take Andrews' position while midfielder Carlos Edwards deputised for Gray and Collin Samuel came on as an attacking midfielder. "(Gray) is fast, he is a good header, he is a good defender," said Beenhakker. "He is one of the possibilities I have in mind (for central defence)."
Wales equalised three minutes after Beenhakker's change. James Collins got ahead of lanky T&T defender Dennis Lawrence to head down a deep left side cross and Earnshaw scored from six yards before celebrating with his trademark somersault.
John could have restored T&T's lead in the 59th minute after an exchange between Kenwyne Jones and Densill Theobald but blasted over, while Samuel and veteran Russell Latapy, another substitute, came close to a decisive goal before Earnshaw conjured up a winner in the 87th minute.
The Norwich sharpshooter released Gareth Bale, Wales' youngest-ever international at just 16 years old, down the right side of the T&T defence and outran Lawrence to reach the return ball, which he swept past Kelvin Jack from close range.
Toshack sympathised with his opposing coach. "Trinidad and Tobago's build up and positional play was good," said Toshack. "The only thing that let them down was their finishing. They had opportunities, particularly in the second half, when, maybe with a bit more calmness, they could have put the game beyond our reach."
Trinidad and Tobago play the fourth of five World Cup warm-up matches away to Slovenia on Wednesday. Thus far, Beenhakker's troops' record is split down the middle after following up a 2-0 win over Iceland (ranked 95th) in February with a 1-1 draw against Peru (ranked 66th) on May 10 and yesterday's 2-1 loss to Wales.

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